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Top-10 Trade Candidates

Wednesday, February 13, 2013


6. Kris Humphries, PF, Nets
Back in July, the Nets signed Humphries to a two-year, $24 million contract. He’s since fallen behind Reggie Evans and Andray Blatche on the depth chart. That doesn’t mean that ex-Mr. Kardashian can’t play, though. Remember that last season, he averaged 13.8 points and ranked fourth in the NBA at 11.0 rebounds per game. The year before that, he was at 10.0 points and 10.4 rebounds. The Nets would be wise to unload his contract while simultaneously gaining a much-needed floor-stretcher. If Humphries went somewhere like Charlotte (as rumored), his rugged/physical game would be a nice complement for stretch-four Byron Mullens.
Most likely landing spots: Charlotte, Atlanta

7. Luke Ridnour, PG, Timberwolves
Ridnour is a 32-year-old veteran point guard whose contract expires after the 2013/14 season. If the Wolves ever get good, he won’t be around to see it. So now that Ricky Rubio’s torn ACL appears to be 100 percent, there isn’t much need to keep a steadying presence like Ridnour around in his current off-guard role. Minnesota would be well-served to get Alexey Shved more minutes as a starter to see if he has a future at the spot.
Most likely landing spots: Utah, Boston

8. Evan Turner, SF, 76ers
A couple months ago, when Turner’s jump shot was actually falling, he was asked what changed? He said he stopped practicing 3-pointers and was just shooting them without thinking in games. At that point, the Sixers should have been selling at all costs. Turner’s wayward jumper has failed to show improvement in his three seasons and it’s affecting all facets of his game. He’s not a core piece to build around and other teams know this. If the Sixers sell now, they’ll likely be getting pennies back on the dollar in return.
Most likely landing spots: Phoenix, Dallas

9. Will Bynum, PG, Pistons
Now that the rebuilding Pistons have acquired Jose Calderon, there’s not much reason for them to keep Bynum. He’ll be a free agent after this season and will almost certainly be moving on. As shown by his 9.0 points and 3.7 assists in just 18.2 minutes this season, Bynum has explosive offensive ability. He’d fit nicely as a backup point guard on a contender whose bench needs some juice.
Most likely landing spots: Thunder, Celtics

10. MarShon Brooks, SG, Nets
Brooks looked like a future rotation asset when he averaged 12.6 points as a rookie last season. It’s been downhill since then, mostly because he is a mid-range scorer and not the 3-point threat the Nets are desperate for. He’s also a liability on defense. But there are plenty of teams that would like to get their hands on a 24-year-old player that once led the NCAA in scoring at Providence. Brooks could be attached to a Kris Humphries deal.
Most likely landing spots: Atlanta, Utah

OTHERS ON THE BLOCK
* Brandon Jennings: Will he ever make a long-term committment to the small-market Bucks?
* Carlos Boozer: The Bulls would love to move him, but they won't get much for a 31-year-old who will make $15.3 million in 2013/14 and $16.8 million in 2014/15.
* Eric Maynor: He's fallen behind Reggie Jackson on the depth chart.
* Samuel Dalembert: The Bucks were shopping Sammy D even before 35-point eruption last week.
* Ben Gordon: 3-point shooting is always in demand.
* Jared Dudley: In their all-out quest to find a star, the Suns will be more than willing to offer a reasonably-priced glue guy like Dudley.



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Adam Levitan is in his sixth season covering football and basketball for Rotoworld. He won the Fantasy Sports Writers Association award for Best Series in 2011 and 2009, and ESPN's overall fantasy football title in 2000. Find him on Twitter.
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